Filipino box­ing leg­end Pac­quiao says trainer Roach ‘never left’ his team

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af­ter the men abruptly parted ways, break­ing up one of box­ing’s most fa­mous dou­ble acts, fol­low­ing the Filipino’s de­feat to Jeff Horn in 2017.

Roach was re­ported to have been up­set by his dis­missal, but agreed to re­turn af­ter late-night talks with the fighter last week.

“I tell peo­ple even in Amer­ica that Fred­die never left Team Pac­quiao,” Pac­quiao, 39, told re­porters. “He is still in­volved in the train­ing.”

Pac­quiao, the only fighter to win world ti­tles in eight dif­fer­ent weight di­vi­sions, got a boost to his sto­ried but slow­ing box­ing ca­reer, af­ter stop­ping Ar­gentina’s Lu­cas Matthysse in July in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Just over six months later he will be back in the ring, this time against Broner, a 29-year-old Amer­i­can, for his first US fight since 2016.

Spec­u­la­tion re­mains high that the Broner bout could be a warm-up for a se­quel to 2015’s “Fight of the Cen­tury” that Pac­quiao lost to May­weather on points.

Un­de­feated May­weather said in Septem­ber he was ready to fight Pac­quiao, but no def­i­nite plans have emerged since. Last week the Filipino champ told re­porters he and May­weather have talked about fight­ing again, but said he would see af­ter the Broner match.

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